I have been a high-performance athlete for almost half of my life. But that pursuit of excellence goes beyond my own training and racing and extends into my coaching, speaking and consulting! Achieving excellence knows no timeline or boundaries.
I raced for 20 years as a professional triathlete. In the course of my career, I won 11 IRONMAN races, 11 IRONMAN 70.3 races (1/2 IRONMAN), several top 5 finishes at the IRONMAN World Championships, represented Canada on multiple National Teams and at the Pan American Games and was ranked top 5 in the world for a decade. I competed at the highest level despite having Cystic Fibrosis – a genetic lung disease resulting in chronic infections and limited lung capacity. My CF was very controllable for much of my career and ironically, it was a blessing, which fuelled my passion for sport and excellence. Every time I raced, I knew that my race served a higher purpose to give families hope that their children with CF could achieve similar things in life. And sport kept my lungs healthy so it was a double blessing!
While I am still running marathons as an elite masters athlete, my focus has shifted to coaching, motivational speaking, television commentary (CTV Olympic marathon running and swim coverage, CBC Triathlon coverage, Sportsnet IRONMAN coverage) and consulting. I have an honors degree from the University of Waterloo in Math and Computer Science and a Bachelors of Education from the University of Western Ontario. I taught high school for 7 years prior to pursuing sport full time in 1999.